Four dedicated people and one dog have received long service awards for their work with the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service charity.

The charity has now achieved its longstanding aim of setting up a children's hospice and continues to give support to families with sick children across the community in their own homes.

Receiving awards for their contribution on Thursday last week were Doctor Abigail MacLeod, Alexander's nurse Sam McKinnon, the charity's lead for quality and governance Julie Hughes and Director of Finance Andrew Rice.

But not to be left out was Libby the dog - the only four legged recipient, who has always been a welcome visitor.

Commenting on the presentation, the charity founder Fiona Devine said: “Thank you so much to the Deputy Mayor for joining our team celebration, it made it all the more special.

"One of the things we feel it is important to do at Alexander Devine is take the time to reflect on our achievements and yesterday it was a pleasure to recognise these four individuals who have made such huge contribution to our charity. Each of them has given our children’s hospice service so much commitment, hard work and support over the last five years and more. They have made a real difference to our charity’s journey so far. They should all be so proud of what they have achieved to date.”